Lately, we haven't been geocaching as much as we'd like to. But, after some literal blood, sweat and almost tears, we’d like to offer an explanation.
A few weeks ago, we welcomed a new member into our family
His name is CRU (short for Cache Retrieval Unit), and he is a 1982 Toyota Hiace. He holds the key to our next year, and our future in geocaching.
We've toyed with the idea of travelling by tiny home for a few years now.
At one point, we were going to buy a huge bus, at another point we were going to wander by bicycle. All these dreams we pushed aside, keeping them for another day.
We are fortunate enough to be in a position where we can travel regularly. But, the comfort and security finally began to take it's toll on our sanity. We've grown sick of going to work, counting down the days until our next adventure.
Then, a few months ago, we were travelling through Japan with nothing but a backpack, and we decided it was time.
We weren’t going to renew the lease on our apartment.
We'd say goodbye to our jobs, and take an even bigger risk.
We scoured the internet, and car yards, and parking lots, shopping for our next home. We had the image in our heads - a nice, new Mercedes Sprinter...or maybe something even bigger, like a Toyota Coaster.
Until one night, we came across a little yellow van.
Older than us, she looked like she’d seen Australia ten times over already. We couldn’t stop thinking about her. The next day we decided to put an offer in, but alas, she was already sold.
So, the search began again...for a whole 3 minutes.
That’s when we saw CRU.
Almost identical to the last one, he was in better shape, with half the kilometres of the first van. And, he was in the same town as Jenna’s parents. The next day, after a thorough look through by Jenna’s mechanical minded father, but without seeing it ourselves - we jumped in.
We have a habit of shopping with our hearts rather than our heads, so it was no surprise to our family that we'd ditched the idea of a modern, reliable vehicle for something with some charm and a little work to be done. And, while I'm sure there's wagers on how far we can get - for the most part I think they're just relieved that we didn't go through with the bicycle idea.
So, here we are now...
Spending our days shopping for the perfect sink, and solar panels, and the various screws that have gone missing into the abyss. Our nights are spent grinding rust from hidden places, and looking longingly at the beautiful flooring we purchased - begging for it to magically install itself.
But, at the end of the day, when our heads finally make their way to our pillows, we know that in 3 months time, it will all be worth it.
We’ll have our Cache Retrieval Unit. We’ll have our home.
Are we stupid?
Yep, probably. When we make decisions, we generally pick something that’s relatively safe, and then try and see how far we can push that boundary. But hey, most of our decisions make for really great stories, so what’s the worst that can happen, right?
Oh, that’s right. We’ll have no home.
And no car.
And perhaps that’ll happen in the desert, where the dingoes will help to rid the world of our existence.
But, it’s better than going to work everyday, right?
So, what does 2020 have in store for us?
As of April, Jenna and I will be nomads, travelling Australia. We don’t want to go all cliche; but we intend of having a year of self discovery, while hunting down our favourite kind of cache - the ones far from home. And, we want to share those experiences with you, from the awesome terrain 5, to the soggy logbook in an old ghost town. We’re madly saving a years worth of money, because not having a job will give us more time to explore, more time to geocache, and ultimately - more time to share our stories.
So, that’s it? You bought an old van, and you’re quitting your jobs? Cool story.
That’s not all - We’re toying with the idea of travelling to Washington for Geocaching's 20th anniversary celebrations, as well as a quick visit to Texas for Jenna’s sister.
As long as we don’t end up stranded in the desert, throwing our cash at the dingoes - we’ll be spending August in the United States of America - ticking an APE cache off our bucket lists.
But why the blog? Can't you just take photos like normal people?
Geocaching has brought us so much joy and adventure, and this blog is our way of giving back to the sport we love so much. We want to continue providing more resources to geocachers new and old - as well as sharing our adventures for that in-between-cache fix.
So, if you enjoy our content as much as we enjoy making it - buckle in, because we're about to go on one hell of a geo-adventure.